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Luna Community College to honor veterans on Nov. 11

Luna Community College will honor veterans a little differently this year.

Instead of inviting the community to be physically present for a recognition ceremony on campus, the public is invited to join officials for a live stream on Facebook.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

“It is important to recognize veterans, not only on Veterans Day, but every day because they volunteered to protect our country from enemies, foreign and domestic,” said Luna Veterans Resource Center Coordinator Sarah Cantu. “They selflessly gave their time and commitment, and left their own families, to give their life to our country to give us the life and freedom we all enjoy every day. While nothing can fully thank veterans enough, we at Luna Community College and the Veterans Resource Center want you to know that we thank you and appreciate you and will always be available to assist you however we can.”

Cantu has worked with approximately 180 veterans and their dependents at Luna.

“Due to the unfortunate, but necessary, limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot honor our community veterans in person on this Veterans Day, but we still very much appreciate each and every single one of you for your time and selfless dedication you gave during your time of service and every day since then,” said Cantu.

“We are honored to host a virtual Veterans Day ceremony, and hope we will still be able to honor you and have you join us virtually in the comfort and warmth of your homes this year!”

The recognition ceremony will consist of a wreath laying ceremony and recognition of veterans with honor guards in attendance.

“We want all veterans to know that we respect and honor them,” said Luna interim President Dr. Kenneth Patterson. “We are grateful for the many sacrifices they have made for our country. From the bottom of our heart, we thank them.”

To view the live stream, log on to Community College.

This year also marks the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day.